There are new ways of viewing the North American International Auto Show, also known as the Detroit Auto Show on the web. Besides new technology in the cars themselves, like an onboard 4G LTE hotspot in the BMW 320i, there are some web pages and apps offering information about the show.
The official NAIAS web page combines information about tickets, a virtual tour, Twitter posts, Facebook posts, press releases, and a link to an auto show passport app. that include photos from several auto shows. The page looks good, but there are some details that could be better. To use eTickets, you have to print a voucher to redeem tickets at the eTicket window, located outside the Oakland Hall entrance. A photo ID is required to pick up tickets. The virtual tour lets you sort pictures by company and type of car, and has a clickable map of the main floor, but the pictures do not have captions. The NAIAS does have a better map of both halls in a separate section.
Local station WXYZ (ABC Channel 7) has posted maps and other stories under Auto News.
Local station WDIV (NBC Channel 4) is also using technology to cover the Detroit Auto Show. It an official app for free download on both iPhone and Android devices. It was developed for the auto show and WDIV-TV by WaPo Labs, a development team at The Washington Post, in cooperation with PNS Digital, the digital media team of Post-Newsweek Stations, Inc.
The Auto Show Passport app for iPad is another, different app. Developed by Cincinnati, Ohio-based Openfield Creative, it includes photos from the NAIS, and will be updated with photos from other auto shows.
There are just two days left to see the show in person.
Saturday, January 19 - Saturday, January 26, 2013
9 a.m. - 10 p.m. (no admittance after 9 p.m.)
Sunday, January 27, 2013
9 a.m. - 7 p.m. (no admittance after 6 p.m.)